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Job listings hint Nokia HERE Maps could eventually makes its way to Google Play

A new set of job listings suggest that Nokia may be preparing to bring Nokia HERE Maps to Google Play and the Apple AppStore.
May 5, 2014

Nokia’s HERE Maps is often considered one of the best mapping solutions in the mobile world, and recently it even made its way to Android, at least for those that happened to pick up a Nokia X series device. So will we ever seen Nokia HERE outside of Windows Phone and the Nokia’s Android fork? Now that Microsoft has purchased Nokia’s handset division, we’d say the answer is probably yes.

With this in mind, a set of new job listings have surfaced on LinkedIn that suggest Nokia is already pursuing this as an option. The listings describe the potential employees’ duties as designing and building “advanced location-based services applications for the Android and iOS platforms”. This doesn’t tell us when we’ll see Nokia’s Android and iOS apps, but it makes it pretty apparent that Nokia has plans in store for us.

With HERE already ported to Android, we wouldn’t be too surprised if an official Google Play version surfaced before an iOS counterpart, but that’s really just speculation on our part. On the other hand, an iOS version did exist once upon a time, though it’s severely outdated by now.

With Nokia no longer in the hardware game directly, it seems only natural that they wish to establish themselves as a cross-platform software developer. Can Nokia find as much success with its apps as Blackberry has seen with its own Android/iOS version of Blackberry Messenger? Only time will tell for sure.